AWESOME FRIED CHEESE STICKS

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Ellen Bales

By
@Starwriter

Found this recipe on the back of a package of cheese sticks. It's my favorite appetizer to order in restaurants.
Photo: replicarecipes.com
12-04-15

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Serves:
Makes 24 pieces
Prep:
15 Min
Cook:
5 Min
Method:
Deep Fry

Ingredients

2
eggs, beaten
1/4 c
water
1-1/2 c
seasoned bread crumbs
1/2 tsp
salt
1/2 tsp
pepper
2/3 c
all purpose flour
1/3 c
cornstarch
1 qt
oil for deep frying
1 pkg
(24) mozzarella string cheese sticks

MARINARA SAUCE:

2 can(s)
(14-1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, drained, reserving liquid
1 can(s)
(28 oz) crushed tomatoes
1 c
diced onion
1 Tbsp
dried basil
2 tsp
italian seasoning
2 Tbsp
sugar
1/2 tsp
crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Step-By-Step

1In a small bowl, mix the eggs and water.
2Mix the bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. In a separate medium bowl, blend the flour and cornstarch.
3In a large heavy saucepan, heat the oil to 365º F (185ºC).
4One at a time, coat each mozzarella stick in the flour mixture, then the egg mixture, then in the bread crumbs and finally into the hot oil.
5Fry until golden brown, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and drain on paper towels.
6Let cool for 5-10 minutes. Serve with Marinara or your favorite Ranch dipping sauce. Refrigerate any leftovers.
7MARINARA SAUCE:

Saute the onions in a saucepan, careful not to let them brown.
8Add the liquid drained from the diced tomatoes.
Add basil, Italian seasonings, sugar and crushed red pepper. Simmer liquid and spices for about 30 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
9Add the diced tomatoes and crushed tomatoes and cook just until heated, about 1 minute.
10Serve as a dipping sauce with Awesome Fried Cheese Sticks.

About AWESOME FRIED CHEESE STICKS

Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Italian
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids